Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will check ID.
Over the last year, the number of thefts has increased by 300% and the management of the corporation has come up with a new plan to combat them. As it became known on Thursday morning, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries plans to implement a new security plan that will include ID check.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries president and CEO Peter Hak said that staff and clients should know that they are safe. Anyone who decides to commit a theft will be found by the police as soon as possible. In addition, information about thefts and innovations of the corporation is actively reported in the media.
Wayne Harrison, director of corporate security and surveillance with Liquor & Lotteries, explained that the corporation lost more than $800000 due to thefts and robberies last year.
Liquor & Lotteries will also have new loss prevention officers who can arrest and hold criminals until the police arrive. Some stores will have special duty officers from the police.
The corporation has been actively cooperating with the police since October 2018. More than 110 arrests have already been made, and this is only the beginning.
Also, the new security system will include document verification and a ban on entry in the absence of ID.
Harrison added that Liquor & Lotteries ask all residents of the province to show understanding and to accept a new security plan. Everyone deserves to return home safe and sound.
Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union president Michelle Gawronsky said that she is very pleased with the innovations in the corporation because the Union is very concerned about the health and safety of staff and customers. The Union will monitor how effective the changes are.